Root Canal

The Dental Way

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Bergenfield, NJ

Many people get concerned when they find out they need a root canal. The Dental Way wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. Located in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the experienced dental team at The Dental Way performs root canals on a routine basis. Call or book an appointment online if you’re worried about root canal treatment.

Root Canal Q & A

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What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, one of the experienced dentists at The Dental Way removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. This allows them to protect your tooth and take away your pain.

What causes the root of a tooth to become infected?

Tissue and roots inside of your teeth can get infected with bacteria due to injury to the tooth or from a cavity that remains untreated for too long. If you don’t get to a dentist in time, the infected tissue can reach the pulp or root of your tooth. Ask about treatment. If you don't, the infection could spread even further and lead to other health complications.

How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can cause pain very quickly, particularly if you don't address it soon enough. Infected tooth symptoms might include:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness, especially when chewing
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Halitosis
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Tooth darkening in color
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

What's involved in a root canal?

One of the highly trained dentists at The Dental Way can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

When it's time for the procedure to begin, one of the dentists at The Dental Way will apply a needle to anesthetize the area. Sometimes they put a small layer of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to safeguard it and keep it sanitary throughout the process. After your tooth gets numbed, the dentist creates a tiny opening in your tooth to reach the infection inside the root.

After this, your dentist takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Once all damaged substance is extracted, your dentist will either place a temporary filling on your tooth or seal it for protection until you come back for your permanent crown.

If you show any signs or symptoms of a tooth infection, be sure to call The Dental Way or schedule a consultation online.

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